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A Beatrice man was sentenced to probation this week for having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl.

Schad Myers, 20, was sentenced in Gage County District Court on Tuesday to five years of probation for possession of child pornography and three years probation for third-degree sexual assault of a child. The two sentences will be served consecutively, totaling eight years of probation.

Myers was previously scheduled for sentencing two weeks ago, though after hearing arguments judge Rick Schreiner postponed pronouncing a sentence for two weeks to allow time to consider the case.

Prosecutors argued that Myers took advantage of the girl and requested a prison sentence. Defense attorney Lee Timan asked for a sentence of probation, saying the Myers was not preying on the girl. Their relationship was romantic in nature, he said.

According to arrest documents, a Beatrice Middle School student reported to a counselor that the victim was in a relationship with a 20-year-old man.

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Authorities were contacted and the school resource officer spoke with the victim, who said she was involved in a sexual relationship with Myers.

Documents state that Myers was contacted and eventually admitted to having a sexual relationship with the girl that he said was consensual.

He acknowledged having intercourse with the girl at least four times since November 2018 in his residence.

The child pornography charge stemmed from a video found on Myers’ phone.

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